Does The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen Have The Best Burgers In Tucson?by Jim Gressinger on Jun. 13, 2013, under Best Burgers In Tucson
I have now dined at The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen twice. On both occasions, I had just come from the Barnes & Noble bookstore across the parking lot at Foothills Mall toting yet another literary masterpiece. On both occasions I enjoyed a burger fit for Big Foot, whose wood-carved family greets diners at the front door.
Once inside, it’s easy to see that the owner intended to create something that resembles a skiing-hunting-fishing lodge perhaps similar to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood.
I recall many pleasant meals at a similar concept restaurant, the North Woods Inn in Pasadena, CA. Here customers were expected to toss their peanut shells on the floor, and scantily-clad young lovelies were portrayed in expensively framed fine oil paintings hung on the thick log walls instead of flat screens.
Yet, once seated at The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen, a quick look-about renders a confusing brain signal. I counted 32 big flat screen TV’s all dialed to various sporting event. No matter where customers sit in The Lodge, they are within easy view of no less than 8 screens, and conceivably 8 or more simultaneous sporting events. I wonder if they understand the concept of “overload”.
The televisions are so ubiquitous that they nearly destroy the “lodge” concept. Hence, The Lodge is more a rowdy sports bar than a rustic mountain retreat.
On both occasions, the service was pleasant and efficient. On the first occasion, I ordered a pretzel burger ($11); so called because the bun is made from pretzel dough, salted accordingly. It’s served with cheddar, honey mustard, lettuce, & tomato. All their burgers come with a choice of sides: skin-on fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, or pasta salad. I ordered the regular fries.
It took me a bite or two to get into the pretzel experience, but once I did there was no stopping. The combined flavors made this burger not only wholly unique, but in all ways excellent.
On the 2nd occasion some months later, I was tempted to order a regular Lodge Burger: applewood smoked bacon, fried onion strings, choice of cheese, plus lettuce & tomato ($10). Yet I was curious to find out if their Bacon Blue Burger could match or exceed the delicious Blue Cheese Burger I had from the Dragoon food truck at the Fairbank festival earlier this year.
The Lodge’s Bacon Blue Burger ($10) is served with applewood smoked bacon & blue cheese crumbles; plus the usual lettuce & tomato. I could have ordered mine on any of several bun choices, but ordered it on just their regular bun. Again, I ordered their regular fries & iced tea. Conclusion: another outstanding burger, very good fries; generous portions.
The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen has plenty of other types of American comfort food on their menu: Prime Rib; Ribs; Salads; but for the moment, I had to concentrate on the burgers.
If the Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen doesn’t have the best burgers in Tucson, it is certainly going to be high up in the rankings.
For the 2013 Best Burger In Tucson rankings, so far we have reviewed Monkey Burger & Diablo Burger, both new and both downtown. More recently, we dined at Lindy’s on 4th Avenue & Cayton’s Burger Bistro at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain. All four are still in the running. One other, the $6 happy hour burger at Fleming’s, is definitely out. Usually, Neighbor Roy partakes in these “tastings”, but sometime he’s not available so I have to sacrifice alone. Lord, how I suffer!
Of course, we still have to re-appraise last year’s #1, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, in light of the current competition. And there’s a couple of other out there that folks have asked us to include: Trident; Wings Over Broadway; & Cody’s Beef & Beans. We may or may not get to all of them this summer.